One of my saddest memories took place in a church. I grew up in the Catholic church. When I was a little kid, my parents divorced. And, depending on whose house I was in on the weekends, that's the parent who took me to Sunday mass. When I was old enough to partake of Holy … Continue reading Painful memory of a church’s snub
It was 2009. I was several months into a new job -- my first job as a manager -- and I was miserable. Miserable to the point of insomnia. Depression. Anger. Constant self-doubt. And even bouts of tears. I won't lie. I made a lot of missteps as a first-time manager, and those missteps led … Continue reading “Not Everyone is Going to Like You”
A few years ago, I ran across a graduation card with a handwritten note from David Fortney, one of my journalism professors -- a man I knew as a mentor, a very talented writer, and a friend. David was a Vietnam veteran. Prior to his years teaching journalism at Truman State University, he'd worked as … Continue reading Thank faculty mentors while you can
EDITOR'S NOTE: I wrote this blog in 2012 when the United States was still stumbling a bit from the downturn of 2008. While that dates it a little, much of this still rings true today. I've been working for universities since 2004. Each spring, I watch thousands of new graduates leave the comforts of college … Continue reading Are you a new graduate looking for that first job? These tips might help.
When we look back on our lives, we can often see God's hand at work. In hindsight, I can see him at every crossroad. Especially those life-changing moments when (while it was happening) I was just so sure he was nowhere to be found. But he was there, and he helped. When you look back, … Continue reading Ignoring God: How’s that working for you?
Do you remember mix tapes? Today, we call them playlists. When I was in high school in the 1990s, I was pretty good at making the perfect mix tape for any occasion. I probably made at least a hundred of those things. I'd make one for every road trip, every friend, every girlfriend, every summer … Continue reading Don’t reduce God to a mix tape